Walking Holidays in Europe
We have carefully hand-picked for our walking holidays in Europe such locations that provide a range of exceptional natural diversity within a relatively compact geographical region.
When Peter Duncan took up a friend’s invitation to make his first visit to the Balkans, he was faced with an abundance of surprises. He happily admits: “Whilst I had visited many other regions of the world, this was a part of Europe, almost on my doorstep, which I knew so little about”.
Through the years we naturally expanded to the South and East – but still mainland Europe remains a special place for us.
Bathed in warm Mediterranean sunshine, and with the peaks of the Pyrenees providing a dramatic backdrop, the Spanish and French Catalan coast invites exploration on foot. By walking from Cadaqués to Collioure along the coast, you will discover for yourself the lure and enchantment of this beautiful region.
Our High Pyrenees of Catalonia walking holiday takes you into one of the loveliest parts of the Pyrenees, an area largely unknown to outsiders. The region is a hiker’s paradise, offering dramatic and unspoiled landscapes. Our route is designed to combine some superb mountain walking with welcoming accommodations, where you will discover the delicious Catalan cuisine and robust wines.
Walk across hills, peaks, meadows and forests to reach two of the most beautiful places in Spain: Fuenterrabia and San Sebastian. The itinerary runs along the valleys close to the French border, partially following the GR-11 long-distance trail. You will walk on paths offering spectacular views, finishing with a magnificent coastal walk into San Sebastian, one of the most beautiful towns in Europe.
Corfu, the greenest Ionian island, has the iconic long-distance Corfu Trail leading from the southern tip of the island to its northernmost point. On this classic eight-day moderate itinerary you will start at the very beginning of the trail, and walk its best and most picturesque sections.
The Elbe Sandstone Mountains are one of the most beautiful regions in Germany, located just a few miles from Dresden. They were named by two Swiss painters who were impressed by the similarity of the area to the landscapes of their own country. You will see bizarre rock formations, walk through ancient woods and picturesque valleys alongside the winding Elbe River.
The Giant Mountains offer great hiking opportunities in the heart of Old Europe, beautiful alpine meadows, bare ridges, picturesque waterfalls and fairy-tale villages. And maybe you will have a chance to meet the mischievous but friendly guardian goblin Krkonos (Rubezahl) himself! Your holiday will end in Prague with plenty of time to take in this beautiful city.
The amazing Alpe-Adria Trail runs from Carinthia in the Austrian Alps to the Adriatic Sea at a total length of 750 km. This walking holiday covers the first – and most picturesque – stages of the trail, from its start at the foot of Grossglockner, the highest summit of the Austrian Alps, by the largest glacier in the Eastern Alps, Pasterz, through the high-alpine landscapes of the Hohe Tauern National park, to the cosy village of Mallnitz.
On this tour you will discover that there are still places on the famous Amalfi Coast where you can be all by yourself, surrounded by nature. The Alta Via is definitely a must for the avid hiker. It is the long distance trail which runs high above the Amalfi Coast, from Cava dei Tirreni in the very East, to Punta Campanella, the tip of the Sorrento Peninsula.
Explore the highest part of the mighty Carpathians, the High Tatras. The High Tatras Complete self guided walking holiday in Poland and Slovakia runs through breathtaking mountains, small villages and towns located in picturesque valleys. Accommodation is in high quality 3 and 4-star hotels.
The Alpe-Adria Trail runs from the Austrian Alps to the Adriatic Sea at a total length of 750 km. On our Alpe-Adria Trail: Slovenia and Italy itinerary, you will walk some of the most picturesque sections from the heart of the Slovenian Alps through the Soča Valley to the sunny wine country on the Italian side.